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Joe Barry was a pioneer of "swamp-pop" in the early 1960s.

Read The Unsung Pioneer Of Louisiana Swamp-Pop

January 8, 2013 – In the early 1960s, Joe Barry combined Cajun and country music into a whole new sound.


Joe Hill Louis, B.B. King and Rufus Thomas appear on a new multi-disc compilation of electric blues, Plug It In! Turn It Up!

Read Turning Up The Volume On The Electric Blues

November 29, 2012 – A new compilation traces the history of electric blues from its rocky start through its heyday.


The Insect Trust.

Watch The Insect Trust: An American Band Deconstructed

November 20, 2012 – Free jazzers, hippie rockers and country-blues musicians made up this ragtag late-'60s band.


Watch Neil Young Still Vital On 'Psychedelic Pill'

October 30, 2012 – Whenever things get too cozy on Psychedelic Pill, Crazy Horse is there to rearrange the furniture.


No figure in the history of rock 'n' roll is more incongruous than Big Joe Turner.

Read The Big Man Behind 'Shake, Rattle And Roll'

October 22, 2012 – Big Joe Turner's hardest-hitting R&B singles have been collected on a new compilation.


Roxy Music's eight studio albums are now collected in one box set, titled The Complete Studio Recordings 1972-1982.

Read More Than This: The 'Complete' Roxy Music

October 15, 2012 – Ed Ward connects the dots of the band's eight studio albums, which were just collected in one box.


Read Low Cut Connie: The Self-Deprecating Bar Band

October 3, 2012 – The band's new Call Me Sylvia is as raucous as its debut, though it's slightly more self-conscious.


The English Beat.

Read Out Of Industrial Wasteland, The English Beat Was Born

October 1, 2012 – Ed Ward reviews the reissued catalog from the multiracial, multi-generational ska band.


Read Aimee Mann: The 'Charmer' And The Disciplined Id

September 24, 2012 – Ken Tucker says Mann's latest album is a song cycle about getting rid of a cynical frame of mind.


Read Haunted Harmonies On The xx's 'Coexist​'

September 14, 2012 – On the follow-up to its moody debut, the Mercury Prize-winning British band magnifies its grooves.


Read ZZ Top: Taking The Blues Back To The Future

September 13, 2012 – After years dabbling in different genres, the band returns to a classic sound on La Futura.


Read Bob Dylan's Baffling And Sometimes Beautiful 'Tempest'

September 11, 2012 – Ken Tucker says that some of Tempest's songs are as precisely crafted as any Dylan has written.


Read Cat Power Rips It Up, Starts Again

September 6, 2012 – On Sun, her first album of new songs since 2006, Chan Marshall leaves behind her sad, sparse sound.


Watch Harmony, Teenagers And 'The Complete Story Of Doo-Wop'

September 6, 2012 – Street Corner Symphonies is a 15-volume year-by-year survey of doo-wop by scholar Bill Dahl.


Read When Ian Hunter Is 'President'

September 4, 2012 – Ken Tucker says Hunter reaches back into rock's past while linking it firmly to the present.


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